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NOTICE: Update on the campus rebuild - The Patton Marine Science Education Center is under construction. 


Guided Tours

WEC web 1The Wetlands Education Center provides free guided tours for the public, up to 15 people, on

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. 

Groups over ten visitors that would like a guided tour of the Wetlands Education Center should set up a private tour by contacting Adriana Reza at (361)749-3152 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Wetlands Education Center occupies 3.5 acres between the Marine Science Education Center and the South Jetty. It is a marsh/seagrass pond landscaped and planted with various seagrasses and appropriate coastal vegetation nourished by water from the Aransas Pass Ship Channel. The public is invited to stroll the surrounding boardwalk to observe migratory waterfowl and resident marsh birds. Interior board walks with access limited to guided tour groups.

Visitors to the Wetlands Education Center - known as Windows to the Sea - will gain an understanding and appreciation for the role each facet of a wetland plays in supporting and maintaining the productivity of the coastal zone. Preservation of coastal wetlands and estuaries is vital to the health of area bays and the Gulf of Mexico. The grasses and shallow waters dissipate storm surges and prevent erosion, acting as natural buffers between land and sea. Educating school children and visitors about the importance of wetlands to both nature and man is the objective of the Wetlands Education Center.

audioClick here to listen to a program about the Wetlands Education Center on The Shape of Texas.


The Marine Science Institute is committed to providing a safe environment for our staff and visitors. All guests are required to follow these rules:

  • Masks are optional. You are more than welcome to continue wearing a mask if that is your preference. Wearing a mask is highly recommended for individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have weakened immune systems.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance from others when possible. Maintaining distance is highly recommended for individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have weakened immune systems.
  • Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer often.
  • If you are sick, please stay home.

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Wearing masks per our personal preferences
  • Sanitizing and washing our hands regularly
  • Maintaining 6 feet of distance from others
  • Keeping common areas (e.g., restrooms) sanitized and clean
  • Sanitizing and washing tools and other commonly used equipment
  • Monitoring our health and staying home if not feeling well
  • Working with local and university health authorities to utilize recommended practices

While we can take reasonable steps to keep our visitors healthy, please understand that the Marine Science Institute cannot guarantee your safety from COVID-19.

Thank you for helping everyone stay healthy!

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